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Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization

DNS is a unique and complex approach to treatment and performance. It was synthesized by Pavel Kolar advancing on the work of some of the forefathers of rehabilitation medicine in the Czech Republic.  These great minds were an integral part of the internationally renowned Prague School of Manual Medicine and Rehabilitation.  DNS is based on the scientific principles of human development or developmental  kinesiology (DK).

Our movement patterns are genetic programs that unfold during early life. We attain adult anatomical maturity through this amazing period. Childhood development is critical in many ways.  One very important factor is that our central nervous system and musculoskeletal system develop completely interdependently. 

And so we are born with an immature movement system, unlike most other mammals. Unable to walk right away we pass through many challenges and delicate stages during our first year. This is how we attain the all important ability of bipedal locomotion. As with all things, much can go wrong, impacting our posture, movement patterns, and predisposition to injury or degenerative change. 

DNS Includes knowledge and theory, as well as assessment, treatment, exercise

and functional strategies that are based on ideal developmental movement principles.  Testing includes comparing a persons' stabilizing pattern with that of a healthy infant. Importantly, this approach strives to restore and reinstall the original ideal and global neuromuscular coordination. In this way it serves to optimize movement, reintegrate regions of pain or injury, and enhance performance.   

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The DNS movement principles


Joints and segment centration


Core Stabilization

Body and movement awareness

Quality of Support